January 20, 2021, otherwise known as Inauguration day. But it’s also historic for another reason. January 20, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s inauguration, making him the 40th president of the united states. Let’s use this podcast to go back 40 years in time, and listen to President Reagan’s inspiring 1981 inaugural address. Let’s listen.

Ronald Reagan made a point of honoring American heroes—in ceremonies at the White House and on many other occasions. During his State of the Union Addresses, he began a tradition of extending the nation’s gratitude to ordinary citizens who met extraordinary challenges. He described heroes best during his first State of the Union address, which he delivered on January 26, 1982. Let’s listen.

In December of 1985, just a month after their Geneva meeting, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to record a joint New Year’s Message – one that would play over the radio in both the United States and the Soviet Union. President Reagan recorded his half at 9am on December 28th from the Century Plaza Hotel in los Angeles. It was actually broadcast via television at 1pm on January 1st in the Soviet Union. Let’s listen.

Speaking of invoking the 11th commandment during campaigning, on June 29, 1987, while speaking to political activists, President Reagan spoke about the importance of following this tenant during elections. Let’s listen.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th – the day the United National General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Let’s now listen to President Reagan’s remarks in 1988 after signing the Human Rights Day Proclamation.

On December 1, 1985, Ronald “Dutch” Reagan was honored at an All-Star Tribute by the Variety Club for their annual fundraising dinner. The money raised at this event went to name a children’s hospital building at the University of Nebraska for the president. So in today’s Words to Live By podcast, 35 years after the actual event, we give you the December 1985 All Star Tribute to Ronald Reagan. Let’s listen.

Sean Spicer is a lifelong Republican. His role in reshaping the Republican National Committee’s PR strategy helped the party rebuild after losses in 2012. He implemented his same strategies in 2014 and lead the party to sweeping victories. In 2016 prior to the must-see Republican primary debates, Sean worked on behalf of the party to restructure debate formats creating more informative and fair debates. Sean’s efforts as the RNC’s Chief Strategist and Communications Director landed him a spot in PR Week’s Power 15 list for 2016. During today’s conversation with Reagan Foundation and Institute Executive Director John Heubusch, Sean Spicer discussed his brand-new book, “Leading America,” which examines the upwards battle conservatives have to face from the media, Hollywood, academia, and big tech. Let’s listen.

In this week’s podcast, we present Ronald Reagan’s famous October 27, 1964, “A Time For Choosing” speech. Let’s listen.

Gerald Seib is the executive Washington Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He joined the Dallas bureau of the WSJ as a reporter in 1978 and transferred to the DC bureau in 1980. He covered the Ronald Reagan White House in 1987 and 1988 and won the Aldo Beckman award for coverage of the White House and the presidency. Mr. Seib was also part of the team from the Wall Street Journal that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for its coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On August 25, 2020, Gerald Seib’s book, “We Should Have Seen It Coming; From Reagan to Trump – a Front Row Seat to a Political Revolution” was published. The book chronicles the rise, climax, and decline of one of the great political movements in American history—the forty-year reign of the conservative movement, from the election of Ronald Reagan to the Republican Party’s takeover by Donald Trump During today’s conversation with Reagan Foundation and Institute executive director, John Heubusch, Gerald Seib discusses his book, which Rahm Emanuel calls a “thoughtful analysis of the recent historical trends that led us to today.”

During today’s conversation with Reagan Foundation and Institute Executive Director John Heubusch, Sarah Huckabee Sanders discusses her new memoir, “Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House,” a book she summaries as the story of her challenges of being a working mom at the highest level of American politics, and her role in the historic fight raging between the Trump administration and its critics for the future of our country.”

“The dreams of people may differ, but everyone wants their dreams to come true…And America, above all places, gives us the freedom to do that, the freedom to reach out and make our dreams come true.” If you search President Reagan’s speeches and papers, you will find hundreds of references to the American Dream. Let’s listen now to his 1982 address to the nation on the economy, where he talks about the importance of renewing the American dream. Let’s listen.

Dr. Jamel Wright is the 27th President of Eureka College, Ronald Reagan’s alma mater. She is also the first woman and African American to lead the 165-year-old institution. Dr. Wright has led the effort to update Eureka College’s strategic plan, enhance communications, overhaul the Title IX policy and processes on sexual discrimination, work collaboratively with human resources to examine and refine hiring practices and establish strategic community partnerships. During the virtual conversation with Ronald Reagan Institute Director of Learning and Leadership, Janet Tran, Dr. Wright discusses President Reagan’s formative years at Eureka, President Reagan’s early advocacy for racial equality, and the challenges posed by COVID19 to higher education.

In this week’s “A Reagan Forum” we present bestselling author and Fox News Host Sean Hannity who joined us in a virtual conversation on August 5, 2020. This was a long-awaited event for us, as his last visit was in 2010 when he launched his previous book, “Conservative Victory.”

On September 7, 1988, President Reagan issued Proclamation 5851 calling out the week of September 17th as Citizenship Day and Constitution Week. Let’s now listen to President Reagan’s remarks at the Bicentennial Celebration of the United States Constitution on September 16, 1987.

As we think of 9-11, we cannot forget, we cannot be complacent, and we most certainly cannot let the terrorists win. Ronald Reagan said it best:“When terrorism strikes, civilization itself is under attack; no nation is immune. There’s no safety in silence or neutrality. If we permit terrorism to succeed anywhere, it will spread like a cancer, eating away at civilized societies and sowing fear and chaos everywhere…the United States can be proud of the role that it plays in that struggle…In our time, it’s terrorism that must be overcome.”

Today’s “Words to Live By” honors the 19th anniversary of 9-11. We remember today not only to honor the almost 3000 innocent souls who lost their lives that day and the other 6000 people who were injured but to send an irrefutable message to those who perpetrated this unthinkable crime that we will never forget and our resolve to continue the fight for freedom will only get stronger. Let’s start with three quotes from President Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Address. Let’s listen.

In this week’s “A Reagan Forum” we present bestselling author and Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld who joined us in a virtual conversation on July 24, 2020. During this virtual conversation with Reagan Foundation and Institute Executive Director John Heubusch, Greg speaks about his new book, entitled, “The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self Help.”

President Reagan truly desired to reach across the aisle to work together with other politicians, and would work with anyone no matter the political differences. Let’s listen.

In this week’s “A Reagan Forum” we present former Trump Deputy National Security Advisor KT McFarland who joined us in a virtual conversation on August 10, 2020. The Reagan Foundation had been working with her office since 2016 trying to create an event and one had finally been planned for July 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic shut down event venues and we had to postpone our event. Thankfully for us – and all our listeners — she agreed to do it virtually and earlier this month she joined the Reagan Foundation and Institute Executive Director to discuss her bestselling book, “Revolution: Trump, Washington and ‘We The People.’ Let’s listen.

Ben C. Sutton, Jr., is an entrepreneur, culture builder, and philanthropist from North Carolina. Credited for inventing the college sports media business as it is known today, Mr. Sutton sold his first company, ISP Sports, to IMG College in 2010. He is currently founder and chairman of Teall Capital Partners, a private equity firm with investments in innovative, high-growth brands and services.

Mr. Sutton, often cited as one of the most powerful figures in sports and entertainment, is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine (highest civilian honor in North Carolina), and the University of South Carolina lifetime achievement award. He has also been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame, and the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Hall of Fame. In addition to serving as chairman and/or director of the six Teall Capital portfolio companies, he serves on the boards of Wake Forest University, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, the White House Historical Association, the National Football Foundation, the PGA Tour First Tee Foundation, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Foundation, and others.